Disney won’t have any trouble sticking to their plan of releasing a new Star Wars movie every year until the end of time at this rate, as the House of Mouse has announced that The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson will develop an entirely new trilogy following the release of Episode IX.
Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Johnson will create a brand-new Star Wars trilogy, the first of which he is also set to write and direct, with longtime collaborator Ram Bergman onboard to produce.
As writer-director of The Last Jedi, Johnson conceived and realized a powerful film of which Lucasfilm and Disney are immensely proud. In shepherding this new trilogy, which is separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, Johnson will introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.
“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”
“We had the time of our lives collaborating with Lucasfilm and Disney on The Last Jedi,” Johnson and Bergman said in a joint statement. “Star Wars is the greatest modern mythology and we feel very lucky to have contributed to it. We can’t wait to continue with this new series of films.”
This news helps explain why Johnson wasn’t hired back to direct Episode IX following Colin Trevorrow’s exit earlier this year. The noteworthy bit of Disney’s announcement is that this new trilogy will ostensibly have nothing to do with the Skywalker Saga and will instead introduce fans to all-new, never-before-seen characters and worlds in the Star Wars universe. As easy as it is to joke about Star Wars oversaturation, this certainly sounds like a bolder direction to take than a Han Solo spinoff movie.
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